community making most of its money from fish. the island was buffeted by the deadly cyclone a deadly storm bringing winds of 300 k/hr eight have died. kim venel reports. >> venturing out of their homes to assess the devastation left by tropical cyclone pam. vancouver a group of islands in the pacific was hit by winds up to 270km an hour on friday. the category 5 storm, the most severe on the scale uprooted trees and tore about stores and homes. power was cut, and as the storm raged, residents could do little but wait. >> i'm in the bathroom.
i have my back against the door. and i'm listening to the roof which sounds like it's lifting. i'm holding on for deer life. all i can do is think about people in vanuatu, with absolutely no shelter. this will be a horrific humanitarian disaster. >> reporter: as pictures of the devastation in the capital emerges, the real concern is those in the smaller villages and the outer islands. aid groups say it's possible entire villages have been wiped out. it has been a disruptive cyclone, hitting a country that has - using a lot of traditional shelters and housing, which means their vulnerable to this intensity. >> the u.n. says there are unconfirmed reports that dozens have been killed in the north-east. vanuatu's president is unsure
what he'll return to. >> i'm speaking with you today with a heart that is so heavy. i do not really know what impact cyclone pam has left on vanuatu. >> reporter: thousands of people were evacuated to shelters returning to find their homes destroyed. the u.n. is deploying a rapid response team and pacific neighbours are on hand. there are destructive wind rain flooding landslides. sea surges, and rough seas. tropical cyclone pam will impact on many areas. cyclone pam is forecast to pass new zealand number of. vanuatu bore the brunt with torn down trees, powerlines and flooding. many areas too dangerous to assess our weather presenter is
here with me. some of this is people saying it's the worst cyclone they have seen. how does it compare. >> looking at the weather records, it's as bad as severe tropical cyclone zoe, hitting over christmas, it's got the passengers, because obviously it's early days that this could be the worst that they've experienced. horrendous storm system. you see the eye there, a dot. 22km across, indicating the severens of this system. no matter what scale you use, they differ. but all right at the top end. category 5. and still there is something like sustaining winds, 240 k/hr 285. it's between a four and a five. the good news is it's heading
out to sea. we just look at the observations on vapt vanuatu. and the wound. as far as they are concerned it's the calm after the storm. it will continue to move away tracking across open waters. it will not bother anyone until it gets towards new zealand. when it gets to the bay of plenty it will be a nasty storm, nasty sea conditions but i think for the islands, it will be fine. for new zealand it will be a problem in terms of nasty weather across the north island and we are likely to see torrential rain developing. as we move through, we'll see heavy rain across parts of new zealand. >> thank you very much indeed. now, let's talk to somebody who is in vanuatu. in port villa the capital, who has to keep up the species.
dan magarey is his name. he joins us on the line. tell us what you can see from your position where you are in the city? >> well i'm standing at my home down in the bay. we are right by the water. i'm moving around to the balcony now. the news is i can see a few lights on the telephone company. that's a welcome red flashing light on the tower up there. there's a couple of chips making it through. it's quite up against the island. there's still a breeze here and most importantly, it is dark. but i think we are all just really relieved that the cyclone has passed and everyone is taking a breath.
we are looking at powerful pictures you have taken. and all we can see is utter devastation. that's a good word for it. my colleague said it looked like a bomb had gone off. i lived and worked near the see front. i don't recognise it when i look at it myself if i hadn't been there i wouldn't believe it was possible to be transformed. >> at this stage, what is the pain task ahead of those people who have survived the storm. what is the first thing they need to get done. do you know it's hard to say. we are have barely come out of a
horrifying storm. and right now everybody's needs are individual. they are mostly bake. he and his family moved to down. their house was destroyed. he was asking for help to repair his house. others request food water and a school. people had gone for 18 hours wowed good for water. it's a big thing. really we are just trying to take stock and figure out how significant the damage will be.
tomorrow i'll be going out on the road with my cog cole ooeg whom i'm hoping will assist in working up the damn and we'll have a -- the taj and we'll have a bet -- damage, and we'll have a better idea. >> is it with great relief that you hear the u.n. is sending in teams? >> there's a lot of work to be done, and with an island nation such as ours there's 83 inhabited islands. this is a lifeblood really. i spent the last decade working on this kind of thing. while i take comfort that we achieved it. maintaining a working system through a category 5 cyclone. when i think about the damage down outside of port vela. we have months and, indeed years
of work to do before we get back to where we were. >> thank you so much indeed for sharing your first hand experience. dan maggary talking to us live from port villa in vanuatu. thank you very much indeed. >> now, a ferry sunk off the coast of western myanmar. rescuers pulled 167 people from the sea and brought them to safety and another 26 people are unaccounted for euro secretary of state john kerry says that progress has been made in the iran talks, but that important gaps do remain before any deal can be reached. john kerry is attending a meeting,
meeting. >> let me make clear to iran to our p5+1 counterparts who are deeply involved in this negotiation, that from our point of view, this letter - the letter was incorrect in its statements about what power they do have. it was incorrect in its assessment, what type of agreement it is and as far as we are concerned the congress has no ability to change an executive agreement per se well he said that the u.s. will make a decision on the unfreezing of millions of dollars in suspended military aid to egypt. the government there unveiling plans for a new capital city at the cost of $45 billion, one of a series of projects announced by the government where foreign investment has been the main goal of the economic
development. i'm joined in the studio by the susan shaprio journalist and author who is a resident fellow at city university. pleased to say is with us in doha. >> how much of a boost has the economic conference been to the government of abdul fatah al-sisi. >> i believe that the summit has been a tremendous boost. for the government of abdul fatah al-sisi. but - in which direction. i believe that it was - what egypt really needed what egypt really needs now is the direct foreign investment in the sense of new projects setting up on the ground rather than just having some foreign fund coming into the country to excise existing projects which is the pattern of foreign investment for the last decade.
>> so he has to create a better investment environment or climate. >> definitely. including the political aspects of it. then you have christine lagarde. we have seen john kerry, and the secretary summoned. he had the great, the good mentioned those from the region pledging huge amounts of money to the bolstering of the egyptian economy at the moment. that surely will have a favourable impact upon him in the short term if not in the longer term. >> definitely. then again. all these investments are supposed to be in egypt. egypt lacks a lot of things. to translate all these promises into realities on the ground. and first and fore most security stability, and the stability in real political
lives, politics have been killed in egypt during the last two years. i believe secretary - u.s. secretary of state when he said yesterday that economic policies are political policies and vice versa. is this happening in egypt. i doubt it. >> a quick word a new capital for egypt. >> this is important. a lot of people have been calling to setting up a new capital. but a new capital should be set up - be set up in at least 200km away from the old capital. according to experts. the new capital is just about 50km which will end up by a greater cairo, more problems. i hope they would review this location of the potential new capital. >> thank you very much indeed. now, libya's two rival
parliament - talks have been postponed after one side did not turn up. u.n. envoy did meet members from the tripoli based general national congress. >> in yemen, they have been speaking out against the houthi rebels. a rally was in the protest city. which the houthis capture in october. nigeria is getting help from foreign mercenaries in the battle against boko haram. government officials say they are helping with training, but there's evidence that the soldiers of fortune are playing a vital role on the front line. >> reporter: victory in baga.
>> confidence. you go for what do you call it - an area how it used to be. collect legitimately. and there's a few of them that have to wait. >> reporter: they show the cache of weapons left behind by the armed group as proof of success. it's these allegations that the military says is turning the tide against boko haram. the fight is not being won alone. the government admitting it's getting technical and logistical support from foreign contractors. soldiers are told al jazeera that mercenaries and other countries are playing is divisive role. >> the government one thing they say the neighbouring
armies niger, cameroon and chad - boko haram has attacked them also. they say they are defending their territory. cooperate with them. as they have said about the others, the foreigners from south africa and elsewhere, they say they are trainers so i think they have their story down. >> boko haram emerged as a security threat to nigeria and its neighbours. it's killed thousands of people or the past six years in a campaign. the group also pledges allegiance to i.s.i.l. calling on forces to fight in afghanistana. nigeria's government insists it has no need to recruit soldiers to fight boko haram. as the nation heads towards general elections, some say the mercenaries is a push for gains
translating into votes. dozens of meb from the former yewing -- men from the former yugoslavia are thought to be fighting in eastern you crave. a large group of serbs on the separatist sides. a smaller number of croat are with the government forces. >> reporter: peaceful town in northern serbia on the banks of the danube. it is sat. this is where a young man was brought up. and this is where he is now. in the mad lands of eastern ukraine, fighting for the separatists. that's him on the right. he is among a group of serbs helping the separatists in the battle for debaltseve. greetings from serbia they say. we spoke through the internet and i asked why they were fighting in another country?
>> we owe a great debt to russia, it saved our country many times. when i saw what others from the west were doing, i couldn't sit and watch on television. i'll stay until victory, and i don't care if i'm locked up. >> reporter: we travelled from serbia to croatia. this is the capital. from this country too, there has been a fight in the war in ukraine. they have joined militiaal laid to the ukranian army. they have links to the far right. the crow asian government says it's not worried. i asked the foreign minister are they break the the law. >> they are braking laws if we
are joining terrorist organizations. it's not considered terrorist organization. >> our information is that they are fighting for the battalion, almost a freelance group with the ukrainian army. >> which is still not - doesn't fall in the category of terrorist organizations. >> i met a member of the group in touch with the fighters and is sympathetic to them. should be think of the fighters as mercenaries. they are paid 100 euros a month. they get messages of moral support of people here through the internet. i wish them good luck. they'll need it. some of those that have gone are veterans from the balkan wars of the '90s. some are extremists. ukraine's war is causing
ripples. now, you have seen richard telling us about the cyclone. he is back and will tell us about forest fierce in chile. >> from one extreme to the other. from strong winds to lack of rain fall and the risk of fears. that is what we have seen in chile. it is the largest port in chile, laying 100km to the north. here we see nasty fighting. the winds are blowing strongly. and the problem is that it's a driveway time of the yearing during the summer. in fact, if we look at the stats for santiago but it will be similar here january, february march, 11mm of rain. that's barely a shower for most people. virtually no rain to help the situation. in april 2014. 15 people were killed.
500 injured during a forest fire. obviously there has been concern, mass evacuations. as it stands. i can't hold up much hope. there'll be brisk winds continuing. blue skies and sunshine. i'm afraid there'll be issues as far as the fires are concerned. up to the north we'll keep an eye on the situation. mild weather pushing to the eastern seaboard. pushing snow further north. >> thank you very much indeed. let's take you to london to the heart of the british established, in fact. there you see parliament square and that is a bronze statue of mahatma gandhi which has been unveiled. about an hour ago or so. this is the latest edition to parliament square. so this statute joins figures of
nelson mandela, as well as churchill. churchill describing this leader of the fight for independence and described him in withering terms. described him as an fachir half naked fachir is the word that churchill used against him. that's the scene an hour ago in the heart of london. this was a statue funded by private donations. an indian tycoon donating the largest portion more to come here at al jazeera, including we ask what u.s. president obama could have done to prevent the rise of i.s.i.l. and there's good news for patients going to public hospitals in zimbabwe in sport we see a bird
u.n. emergency teams are being rushed to the island after 270 k/hr caused destruction. the u.s. secretary of state said progress has been made in the iran nuclear talks but gaps remain before any deal can be reached. john kerry was speaking from where he was attending the economic development conference. >> more than 300 syrian migrant have been detained in turkey after warning shots were fired. they were warned to stop after passing through turkey. police arrested the three crew members, and the refugees trying to get to italy, have been taken to a nearby town. >> an opponent of the syrian president started their protest in march 2011. i.s.i.l. didn't exist.
as the syrian civil war enters the fifth year questions are being asked as to whether the u.s. administration could have done more to prevent growth. no one in the west predict what i.s.i.l. would become. at the time the focus was on the aftermath of the yingluck shinawatra. in 2012 in the middle of what was a full blown civil war. there was accusations of human rights abuses. it brought this warping. >> we started to sea a bunch of chemical weapons moving around. a year later, president obama said he had proof chemical weapons had been used. he tried to build support. it didn't work. >> the united states came off two major wars. there was little appetite for a third. inside syria, armed groups waged
war for their own end. i.s.i.l. formed in the aftermath of iraq was there, operating in sunni areas. then it was on to northern iraq where u.s. trained iraqi troops dropped their gun and ran. when i.s.i.l. fighters came within 40km of the capital, the u.s. air war began. >> it was the beheading on camera of the journalist that got the public's attention. >> the beheadings of journalists had an affect and there's no question it had an affect. that and the strategic element, that can't be overlooked as well. the idea that this - here is a country, iraq where the united states fought a wore and a few group of insurgents is taking territory. i think that had a powerful effect on americans. since the start. the official syrian opposition gave it better weapons, but to
no avail. it's only now that u.s. forces started training the fighters ironically not to fight the force, but i.s.i.l. >> if the group is to fight i.s.i.s. displace it take control of territory, either the regime would have to leave it alone or they'd have to fight the regime. it's possible in the abstract that the regime would leave them alone. it's very unlikely. >> it's too simplistic to suggest had the u.s. intervened that it could have prevented the spread of i.s.i.l. across the region, it's clear that the president obama efforts to limit its open footprint has not worked. >> all right. we can talk to a specialist on i.s.i.l. and other groups who joins us from tel aviv. thank you for talking to us. good to get your thoughts on i.s.i.l.
>> thank you. >> i was wondering how far you think that u.s. policy dithering has impacted upon the existence of i.s.i.l. particularly in syria. >> i think there is a case to be made that had the u.s. say given arms to the syrian opposition tried to organise a better unified structure, and in turn could have led to the downfall of the bashar al-assad regime. i think there's a transition to a new government. and under that opposition. i think that's a case to be made, it could have inhibited the growth of i.s.i.l. on the other hand when one looks at the experience it's clear that the u.n. would have intervened if they had taken the
opportunity to intervene with libya, with air strikes and so on. to help the undermining of the frozen regime. if they had taken the hands off approach, it would have given rise to a chaos environment. i don't think syria is a country more amenable to unity any more than libya, as we have seen with the chaos that emerged it libya. in turn it creates the environment much it was clear what was then back in 2011 the islamic state of iraq and levant was looking at the syrian civil war as an opportunity to expand as far back as 2011 when they established the area which was not announced until 2012. >> the chaos in syria provided
fertile ground for i.s.i.l. to move seamlessly it would appear, from iraq its birthplace, in the ungorched areas of syria. how far is this rather convenient if you like for bashar al-assad. >> yes, it's very convenient for his narrative, which is that the opposition was a foreign backed terror unfortunate conspiracy. of course, then in terms of shifting blame and who is to blame for the rise of i.s.i.l. there's a good amount to be said about the policies because there are, i think, at this stage, a number of people with i.s.i.l. and areas that they control. and that they prefer the i.s.i.l. administration to say, the return of the bashar al-assad regime. also, you know with barrel
bombings and other brutal policies, it's helped to contribute to that type of environment on which i.s.i.l. can play. >> with more than 1200 u.s.-led coalition air strikes against i.s.i.l. positions, it's reckoned around 8,500 i.s.i.l. fighters killed how would you assess the strength - sorry, i forgot to mention kobane where the kurdish forces for the main part beat back i.s.i.s. how far would you assess their capacity to be now. how strong are they? >> well i.s.i.l. has a well-known slogan, which is ( [ speaking foreign language ] if we are talking about syria, they are not so much if the core of their territory is
upchanged, there's no rivals to challenge the administration which, of course poses a risk for the u.s. strategy of trying to insert a rebel force to take on i.s.i.l. and retake territory from them. if i.s.i.l. has brought a sense of order that a lot of the rebel groups in their fragmentation couldn't and if that is d dismissed, rebel forces are seen as a simply lackies for the u.s. i think there's a degree of local resistance. going back to the question of capability, it's challenged within the core of their territory. their ability to expand has been inhibited. i went to syria myself... >> i'm going have to jump in there. we are out of time. thank you very much indeed for your expert thoughts on i.s.i.l.
the head of the u.s. central intelligence agency, the c.i.a. added his voice to the warnings against i.s.i.l. saying the demise of the syrian regime could open up the doors to i.s.i.l., saying the c.i.a. is being revamped to combat i.s.i.l. kimberley halkett has more from washington d.c. the staff at the newspaper "charlie hebdo" - gun fire in copenhagen and the killing of children in a school in pakistan. the head of the u.s. central intelligence agency say the attacks are a disturbing trend showing... >> the emergens of a threat that is decentralized, difficult to attack tore thwart. >> reporter: that's why the director said he's over hauling his agency. critics argued the c.i.a. has
been too focussed on hunting down and the drop in analytical areas. notably that iraq had weapons of mass destruction. the c.i.a. will now combine the operations and analytical staff into 10 different missions around the world. >> they say are designs for analysis technology, support and innovation and apply them efficiently and effectively. >> this former intelligence officer fears concentrating analysis and operations will make it more susceptibility to having intelligence manipulated. the och sit of what harry truman would have thought. >> koouman said several times that what he intended was an
analysis group with access to all information in relation to our country and they'd be free to report it him, not the pentagon. and tell him like it is. that's what we did on vietnam. presidents are not required to heed the advice of intelligence. once you corrupt the structure so you don't have an independent analysis unit any more then you - you, as the president, are sacrificing your best shot at finding out what the real story is. >> and potentially turning the war on terror with its sites on i.s.i.l. into what many fear will become a c.i.a. business model. intelligence focused not on preventing but justifying war. india's prime minister arrived in the northern sri lankan city of jaffna. narendra modi is the first
indian leader to visit the former stranglehold of the tamil tiger rebels. narendra modi has met leaders of the tamil national alliance in colombo. his trip is seen as symbolic after calling on the majority senna lease government to give greater autonomy to tam ills. the united states and india condemn the imprisonment of the former president of maldives. he was sentenced to 13 years for ordering the arrest of a senior judge, something he denies. he was maldives first democratically elected president zimbabwe health care sector suffered from years of neglect. much of the infrastructure is in disrepair. $100 million for new equipment,
a loan from china, should help. >> this is president robert mugabe - here to see what 100 million of the chinese money could buy. robert mugabe, who travels to singapore for medical treatment, hopes it boosts their facilities. >> we must not allow the system to come down again. no. let's fix it. >> zimbabwe's economy is in trouble. it's suffering from falling foreign investment and chronic unemployment. robert mugabe faces travel bans and sanctions in the west over human rights abuses and alleged election fraud. he's turned to china for help. >> we look at zimbabwe and china. we are all weather friend and our cooperation covers almost every sectors, including every
culture, manufacturing, mining as well as social justice. >> china is a big trading partner. it meets minerals timber and metal. some accused china of exploiting mineral resources. others see china's investment as a life line. >> it's susceptible to investment. and we don't necessarily want to go to china. what the chinese are doing is bringing it in the right direction of the nation. zimbabwe used chinese money to by balances incubators and more besides, it's vital equipment that is needed. the charm offensive comes at a price. and it's one that zimmans will
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here is ty as. >> he's met palestinian officials more time than any other politician in the past year. and issal hertz og the leader of the opposition says he is committed to making peace. >> i think it's a mistake that we assume that it is over. it's part of that and falls in front of our eyes. >> it is not true. i'm telling you absolutely it is possible. absolutely possible. still, to make peace with it. >> in the days leading up to israel's general election hert zoing is running a tight campaign. labor gained momentum after forming an alliance with a party led by the justice minister and peace negotiator. opinion polls suggest there's zionist block could win more seats than the likud party.
but is following sport of a majority. a professor of science in the occupied west bank says little with change. >> it is at the worst, bast for palestinians. with the coalition. between ultra orthodox coalition, of course. the left is better for palestinians. for their daily life. to reach a time settlement that the palestinians can live with i don't think that any would offer the palestinians that. >> reporter: a view shared by many. this man runs a sandwich store and says life under occupation seems to get worse with every passing year and with a new israeli prime minister, a final settlement is unlikeliment.
>> israeli politicians are like two sides of the same coin. nothing will change for us. >> reporter: president mahmoud abbas declared that israel's elections do not interest him. what does is the decision by prime minister binyamin netanyahu's government to withhold hundreds of millions in tax revenue, belonging to the palestinian authority saying whoever is elected as israel's next leader must change that time for the sports news much here is andy. >> lewis hamilton and his mercedes team look the combination to beat as the grand prix is upped way in australia. lewis hamilton qualifying half a second quicker than his team-mate. richard parr reports. >> a new season starting in australia, and mercedes look like the team to beat.
they were able to debate after legal action was dropped, offering a racing season. the driver did not get past the first qualifying session. mclaren had a new engine both of their cars on the ball of the grid on sunday. max was the youngest driver to compete in f1. coming 12th to torro rosso. sebastien vettel starting fourth in melbourne. he'll be alongside felipe massa who will be third. whether rosberg will start second as a mercedes 1-2, the team-mate over half a second
quicker in his 39th career poll. >> a huge effort to enable the guys to come here and enable the performance, i'm blessed to have the car. today was about trying to push the laps. it's so much fun when you get to qualifying, you have the single laps. silver arrows won 16 of the last 19 races and are in prime position to add to that on sunday. >> cricket world cup co-hosts australia getting ready to face bangladesh or ireland in the quarterfinals. australia winning with reason easy win. mitchell starc too much to handle for scotland. playing in hobart. taking 4/13. scotland bowled out for 130. australian captain michael clarke put himself up the order, scoring 47 before falling to a good catch from michael leith.
the wind never in doubt of the james faulkner wrapping up 7 wickets. >> as long as we are winning games, confidence will be high especially going to the knock out stages taking momentum. guys got time in the middle. we are going well. training well so it will personally - it's nice to see the ball coming consistently. >> india maintain a perfect record. back where they'll face resist aned, 287. captain brendan tailing hitting 138 in a final international. 196 saw india here. unbeaten 110. m.s. dohni hit 85 to rap up the 6-wicket victory. the defending champions playing
bangladesh. >> he's not at the contribute world cup, the fast bowler mohammed amir returned to action an a ban for spot fixing. it took three wickets, and he is not allowed to play until september. he bowled no balls at prearranged times. it was part of a gambling conspiracy seeing him gaoled for six months, and served prison time every sportsman starts from zero. so it is with me. you play the matches day by day, you gape the rhythm. no one is superman your stamina and fitness returns with playing game. >> floyd mayweather and manny pacquiao agreed to a programme in may, the most lucrative fight. drug testing was an obstacle. mayweather and pacquiao have
within eight different categories. they both agreed to blood testing before and after the fight eastern conference leaders hawks beat the suns. the only team to have secured a place in the n.b.a. playoffs. 21st win on the road. paul millsap top scoring with 23. atlanta scoring five in the last three minutes to secure the victory ireland can take a step to retaining the six nations title on saturday playing wales and cardiff much on track for the grand slam with three wins against italy, france and england. captain paul o'connell set to become the fourth man to play 100 tests for his country. >> i think a first cap is probably nerve-wracking and
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[ gunfire ] the battle for tikrit. iraqi forces say they'll liberate the town from i.s.i.l. within three days. hello, i'm martine dennis. you are with al jazeera live from doha. also cyclone pam crashes into the pacific il of nation vanuatu. eight are killed. four years after the start of hostilities towards president bashar al-assad, we look at how the